Hit music festival will be two good to miss

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A POPULAR village music festival will return in July as a two-day event for the first time.

The normally biennial Gedd-Stock festival, held in Geddington, returns to the village on Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, after just a year’s absence.

Local musicians will showcase their talent at the White Lion pub in Queen Street and there will be stalls, activities for children and a real ale bar.

Organiser Rick Loak, who will also be performing at the festival, said: “Normally Gedd-Stock is every two years but it proved so popular in 2011 that we are organising it again this year and it will be held over two days.

“The Saturday event will feature the local bands that have supported me since 2001.

“It will start at 3pm and go on until 10pm in the garden of the White Lion.

“On Sunday there will be an assortment of bands and we have been fortunate enough to secure The Bootlegs, a Beatles tribute band from Germany featuring James Sexton, who used to live in Geddington.

“The Sunday event starts at midday and finishes at about 7pm. There will be face painting and a bouncy castle for the children and a number of stalls selling various products, including our usual hippy stall featuring beads and T-shirts.

“The real ale bar was a big success in 2011 so that will be organised again.”

Last year the free festival raised about £800 for local charities and good causes.

Mr Loak is also appealing for businesses to sponsor the event or make donations.

Organisers are looking for volunteers to help out on the day and people willing to dress up as clowns to entertain visitors.

Anybody who can lend a hand or anybody who would like to set up a stall at the festival can call Rick on 07711 910860 or Tony on 07775 940721.